NTS Map:92B12. This is a rather short trail that is often overlooked in the Victoria area, yet a great quick side trip when visiting Goldstream Provincial Park, especially during the monsoon season and the Salmon spawn in November.
The Goldmine trail is about 1.8 kilometres long and has three waterfalls, the highest having a drop of 47 meters straight down. A train trestle towers 85 meters over the river; it's on an active line that has at least three trains per day. The trail is fairly good, fenced in the most dangerous areas.
There are several ways to get to the Goldmine trailhead. If heading South on the Trans-Canada Highway there is a small unmarked parking lot on the left shoulder of the highway just after the end of the downhill portion of the Malahat. If heading North to Goldstream Park from Victoria, the easiest way is to park at the Goldstream day use area, walk towards the Freeman King Nature house and scoot through a short tunnel under the highway; impassable when it's raining though so you may have to carefully run across the Trans-Canada at the intersection of the Nature House access road.
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Posted By: sdecarie
- Fri Feb 12 01:51:46 UTC 2016
UpsideGood Short hike DownsideSteep in places CommentRail line is not active at all the E&N ceased operation in 2011. Chances of it ever running again are probably remote as much line repair would be required.
Posted By: email@example.com
- Mon Sep 02 16:20:32 UTC 2013
Upsidelotsa tight hills all through this area Downsidelotsa tight hills through this area CommentCC running friends park @ Caleb Pike and use the trail to skirt Mnt Finlayson and then continue on this route for a hill climbing run. Puts veins in yer calves. Monsoon season is great too, less people on the trail to get around
Posted By: Branky
- Sun Sep 24 18:21:33 UTC 2006
UpsideNice and quiet trail, not much traffic. The falls are magnificent in the rainy season. And the view from the trestle is great, but it is a active railway so be careful. There are lots of connecting trails to the Goldstream campground and the trail up Mt. Finlayson and the Gowland Todd park. DownsideCrossing the highway can be tricky CommentThere are lots of connecting trails to make this as long or as short a hike as you like. Check the BC Parks web page for trail maps etc.
Posted By: Bliss-ters
- Fri Feb 25 07:35:26 UTC 2005
UpsideFantastic waterfall, close to city. Quiet forest hiking just off the trans Canada. DownsideTraffic dodging. The tunnel is great when passable, otherwise park on south side of highway. CommentBe sure to pack a flashlight to explore a very short but interesting mining tunnel.
Posted By: dmarr
- Fri Jan 09 15:25:25 UTC 2004
UpsideRelatively little-used, except near the waterfall and trestle. Close to Victoria. Can be done year-round. DownsideLimited views. If you do the loop you have to sprint across the highway twice (unless the water is low enough to walk through the tunnel). You also have to go through the busiest section of Goldstream Park. CommentThis can be linked with trails (Prospector Trail, I think)on the other side of the highway to create a loop hike.